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Shark River Hills Run Benefits Homeowners Hurt by Superstorm

  The Shark River Hills section of Neptune is continuing its post-Sandy recovery three plus years after the storm devastated the area. Some 40 homes have been elevated and many more homes are in the process of being elevated to mitigate future flood losses and comply with proposed FEMA flood maps. Instrumental in the post-storm rebuilding of the neighborhood, has been the Recovery Along the River Foundation. The Foundation was created to raise fund and awareness to assist the residents of Shark River Hills who were impacted by the storm. To date, the Foundation has raised $85,000 and has distributed…

225 New Jobs Created in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON Tinton Falls officials expect a $6.5 million private investment in a former Fort Monmouth building to generate 225 permanent high-paying positions and dozens of temporary construction jobs. The Borough Council designated Radar Properties Urban Renewal LLC as the redeveloper of what is commonly known as Building 2525 on the former fort property. As an urban renewal entity, Radar Properties filed a tax abatement application with the borough earlier this month. The redeveloper is seeking a 15-year tax exemption, though it will make service charge payments to the borough. At present, the property generates no revenue for…

2 Charged with Burglary in Ocean

  On April 18th at 12:50 p.m. Ocean Township police patrols responded to a suspicious vehicle that was parked in front of an unoccupied residence on Logan Road. When officers arrived on location they found that the vehicle in question had already left the area. A short time later the vehicle, a 2002 white Dodge Pickup truck, was observed by Officer Dave Marino parked at a convenience store located on Deal Road. Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Nicholas Sanchez, 24, Staten Island and Anthony Moretto, 36, Richmond, N.Y.were found to be in possession…

United Methodist Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Volunteers of the United Methodist Communities were honored at a special luncheon April 13 at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove. Approximately 50 attended the program in the chapel of that facility. Meg Cox Gerth, the FAM’s Volunteer Coordinator, welcomed everyone and spoke of how this facility provides “abundant life for seniors.” “The volunteers do so much to improve the life of our residents”, she said. She said there are many opportunities for volunteering at the FAM, and then read a lengthy list of participating groups, which included: Ocean Township High School, Neptune High School, Shore…

Ocean Program Seeks Proposals for Youth Development

  The Community Hope Fund of Ocean Township is once again seeking Proposal for its Youth Development Grant Program. Through this program, CHF supports local programs that employ innovative and research based models to promote youth development. Specifically, CHF is looking for local programs that build “Developmental Assets” in youth. Assets are the 40 positive experiences and personal qualities that help determine whether youth make good or bad decisions. Community, school-based, and after school programs help youth thrive by promoting constructive use of time , building self-esteem and reinforcing health and well-being. This year, the Community Hope Fund will award…

Tax Exemption Planned for Savoy Theater Property in City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council introduced an ordinance at last week’s meeting authorizing a financial agreement with AEF II Urban Renewal, LLC and Savoy Urban Renewal, LLC which included a tax exemption, in the form of Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT program. The agreement is related to property owned by Carter Sachman on the 700 block of Mattison Avenue, the former Savoy Theater. If approved the mixed use building will house the renovated Savoy Theater and numerous small residential units. Rita Marano, a longtime city resident, asked why Sachman, in the agreement, is…

$50,000 Grant for Asbury Park Summer Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

Pavilion Will Be Vacated While Work Progresses

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Plans for the renovations to the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk are underway as existing tenants vacate their spaces for other city spots. Brielle Cyclery is moving to Main Street, Market at Fifth Avenue moved to Convention Hall and Style Rocket will move to the south end of the boardwalk. Criterion Candy moved to the Fourth Avenue Pavilion. Carrie Turner, general manager of Real Estate Services for developer Madison Marquette, said a third application for changes to the roof top bandshell, has been submitted to the Technical Review Committee for approval. Once…

Record Number Attend Made in Monmouth Event

  A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth expo April 9.. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing. The event was held in the MAC at Monmouth University. “I would like to thank all the vendors who displayed the quality products and services they provide and are based in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “After five events, the ‘Made in Monmouth’ program is still growing and is a huge success. This year, the number of merchants increased more than…